Eastern Mexico braces as Hurricane Katia lands tonight

Hurricane Katia strengthens to Category 2 as it nears Mexico

Army troops and personnel from the federal electricity authority have been deployed to the area on Mexico's eastern gulf coast to be on hand to help in emergencies. Katia is also starting to move toward the southwest.

Tropical Storm Katia has maximum sustained winds at 45 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Forecasters have predicted damaging winds, drenching rains and a unsafe storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico. Katia is also expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 5 inches over southern Tamaulipas, eastern San Luis Potosi, western Hidalgo, eastern Queretaro, and southern Veracruz through Saturday evening. Large and destructive waves are expected on Mexico's coast, the advisory said. Isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are possible in northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosi.

But it was still expected to bring life-threatening floods and storm surge off the Gulf, though the extent of the storm's impact was unclear in the dark of night.

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At 7 a.m. CDT (8 a.m. EDT/1200 UTC) on September 8 the center of Hurricane Katia was located near 21.1 degrees north latitude and 95.6 degrees west longitude. Irma is about 300 miles from Miami and moving about 13 mph toward the west. It rapidly weakened further over land into a tropical storm.

According to forecast models, Katia will strengthen and could become a hurricane Category 3 or 4, even could reach Category 5 with superior winds up to 178 kilometers per hour.

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Across the country, Hurricane Katia was roaring onshore north of Tecolutla in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and winds.

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